Ranking 5 trade deadline moves by how fast they make Spurs contenders

The Spurs have their centerpiece and should be looking to acquire necessary role players before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, Victor Wembanyama
San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, Victor Wembanyama / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Quentin Grimes leaves Spurs with massive issues

Grimes is another young talent rumored to be available. He is struggling to get minutes in New York, but the 6’5 guard showed what he could do last season when he averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 29.9 minutes per game. The 23-year-old is still improving and several teams have registered interest.

Grimes figures to be a strong 3-and-D wing in his prime. He has made 37.9 percent of his 808 career 3-point attempts. The 6’5 guard has the size to guard multiple positions, but he must improve his efficiency, ball-handling, playmaking, and defense to reach his ceiling.

The San Antonio Spurs would love to add a young wing with 3-and-D potential. They need shooters and floor spacers around Victor Wembanyama. Having the 7’4 superstar protecting the rim will make everyone’s defense look better. Grimes could thrive in the Alamo, but he leaves the Spurs with a massive playmaking hole.

The franchise is slightly closer to contention if they acquire Quentin Grimes. Without a point guard, the San Antonio Spurs will not be in the playoff mix. They could get Grimes to be a key role player, but he is not what the franchise needs.